Electricity has provided the United States and all around the world with it's many luxuries. Although in 600 B.C. the Ancient Greeks discovered static electricity, most give credit to Benjamin Franklin, in 1752, for making the discovery change our everyday lives (Atkinson). Electricity has advanced miraculously over time. It has led to almost every single thing we use today. During the Second Industrial Revolution, electricity replaced steam as the main power source. It affected transportation and communications. Electricity helped strengthen the economy for businesses. More consumer goods were being produced and sold. Electricity got applied to underground trams and railways making transportation easier (Swirk). Railways were good for travel and transporting goods. Electric and gas powered vehicles also replaced the use of horses for transportation. Electrical motors were used in underwater submarines too. During the Civil War, submarines were often used for more secretive attacks (Veit). The invention of electricity was a gate way to plenty of other inventions we have today. In it's early days, many other scientists started experimenting to expand on the concept of electricity. All of the great ideas have led to our modern day appliances and electronics. These things made our lives much easier today and in the past. Some of the most important inventions were the refrigerator, the incandescent light bulb, the generator, the telephone, the compass, the radio, the
lighting while the incandescent light bulb convert more than 95% of that energy into heat rather than light. Incandescent light bulbs use electricity to heat up a tungsten filament to create light. So why do we continue to use something so inefficient? Fortunately, the are more eco-friendly alternatives like the CFL and LED bulbs.
The smart meter was first introduced in 2005 and by 2007 over 800,000 installed. The goal of the smart meter is to raise awareness about the cost of electricity and to reduce…
In electricity, a battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy. Since the invention of the first battery (or "voltaic pile") in 1800 by Alessandro Volta and especially since the technically improved Daniell cell in 1836, batteries have become a common power source for many household and industrial applications. There are two types of batteries: primary batteries (disposable batteries)…
their daily lives by just implementing a few simple changes.
One effortless change an individual can incorporate into their daily life is simply remembering to turn out the lights when leaving a room. Keeping light fixtures clean also helps save energy. In fact, a heavy coat of dust on a light bulb can block up to half of the light emitted. Furthermore, the best way for an individual to reduce the cost of…
The demand for energy in form of electricity is increasing across the world. The estimated consumption of electricity which was 13250 Twh (Terawatt Hours) in 2007 is expected to rise to 40000 Twh in 2040. With increasing focus on generating electricity from green sources, the gap between electricity supply and demand will grow even larger. If the gap between demand and supply is not closed in a cost effective manner, either the price of electricity to the end consumers will go up or the governments…
comparing todays choice of light bulbs
by: Donald walker
Most people in America has had a light bulb burn out on them. However with the changes in today’s technology there are many types of bulbs to choose from. Most of us would go to the local home supply store and grab a box of cheap bulbs and call it a day. Is that the best choice though? Let’s take a look at the world of incandescent, CFL (compact fluorescent), and LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs, which is the best choice for your wallet…
When one hears the name Thomas Edison, one automatically thinks of the light bulb, but the truth is that he did not invent the light bulb. Thomas Edison was the first person to use electricity to invent a long lasting incandescent light bulb. People were amazed with Edison's invention because up until then the light bulb, when lit, would only last a few minutes, but his first successful bulb invention lasted more than thirteen hours. Thomas Edison was a great and successful inventor…
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Graham Bell receives the patent for the telephone. The telephone improved on the telegraph by using electricity to transmit sound. Several lawsuits over the true inventor of the device followed, but Bell ultimately won.
Image: A photograph shows four early incandescent electric light bulbs mounted in a row on a board for display.
Thomas Edison develops an improved incandescent electric light bulb. Among Edison's numerous other inventions were the phonograph, an improved telephone, and a motion…
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Thomas Alva Edison is one of the most famous American scientists in history. Edison is most known for his inventions like, the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the light bulb! Thomas Edison was born February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was the last of seven children of his parents, Samual and Nancy Edison. When Edison was a kid, he only had three years of school education before one of his teachers called him an “addling…
093 patents to his name, Thomas Edison remains the most prolific inventor in American history.
His best-known invention was the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb. But much of what afforded Edison's light bulb its success was his brilliance in creating equally viable electrical systems - the widespread systems on which electricity is distributed throughout our communities.
Like his good friend Henry Ford, Edison had an uncanny knack for recognizing a consumer need, then creating a…